October, 2011

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Marketing’s Perfect Storm: Copywriting, Optimization & Technology

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There’s a perfect storm brewing in successful marketing campaigns these days, and there are three key components: great copywriting, optimization, and use of technology. Marketing Copywriting. There are two things that copywriting is critical for today – social sharing and content. Content Optimization. Your content needs to include and be tagged with the right  keywords and phrases.

Why I Hate Fear-based Selling….

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I hate fear-based selling. You know, the kind where the seller lets you know one way or another that if you don’t buy their product or service you’re going to lose out. Fear-based selling gives me a horrible, irrational feeling that puts up my guard and reduces my trust level with the seller. Emotion was involved, but we didn’t invoke fear. What do you think? Provoke them?

What if There Were Nothing As Sure As Marketing, Death and Taxes?

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…and Marketing? What if marketing were regulated the way taxes are? Would the world be a different place? As another tax deadline looms I’m reminded of this question that often comes to my mind. What if marketing were regulated and legislated like taxes? Or regulated the way businesses are regarding treatment of their employees? Marketing consultants might have to get certified. 2.

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Is It Time for a B2B Marketing Audit?

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Tweet. In today’s economy, every dollar you spend on marketing must produce results. Are you sure that the marketing you spend money on is working? As a new year approaches, this is a perfect time for a marketing audit. Here are some of the things we’ve found in marketing audits: No marketing integration. Sometimes marketing programs grow one tactic at a time. Bad strategy.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

How Dare You Call That Article a Whitepaper?

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If I see another online article masquerading as a whitepaper, I think I will scream! It is not OK to slap a few paragraphs together, upload the finished document, and invite visitors to your website to “Download Our Whitepaper.” ” It happened a few years ago. Whitepapers were seen as successful online marketing tactics for technology and research companies. Not good. Not credible.

B2B Marketing: Content Mills… …really?!

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OK! I get that the blog abandonment rate is 95%! It’s haaarrrd to think of messages to Tweet! …And that you need content to improve search engine performance and attract visitors to your website. But what happens when those visitors actually read the content on your site? Definition of Mill. mill /mil/- (noun) one that produces or processes people. www.merriam-webster.com).

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog in Your Marketing Plan

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Are you thinking of  implementing the newest marketing tactics, such as social media, in your next marketing campaign? It’s important to look before you leap, and have a clear understanding of your customers and your industry when you plan your marketing. ” – Chapter 6, “The Hedgehog Concept,” Good to Great , by Jim Collins. What do their customers do on Facebook?

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B2B Marketer: Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?

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In business there are hedgehogs and there are foxes. believe the concept applies to marketers, too. In the book Good to Great , Jim Collions wrote that great companies acted more like hedgehogs – simple, dowdy creatures that know one thing and stick to it. The comparison companies in the Good to Great study were more like foxes, wrote Collins, craft, cunning, fast and everchanging.

What Do I Spend on My Marketing Budget? Part 1

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Blog entry excerpted from the Marketing chapter written by Jennifer Beever in The Book on Business from A to Z. Business owners and marketing managers often ask how to figure out what their marketing budget should be. Here’s a classic marketing consultant answer: “ It depends. The Science of Calculating Your Marketing Budget. Yes, marketing can be scientific!

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Fuel Your Online Marketing Machine with Dynamic Content

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Does your online content make your phone ring? It did mine recently – I received a call about a post I did in 2009 from an executive at a financial services company on the East Coast.  He was trying to make a decision about how to launch a technology product and saw that I had written about his issue. This means that you need to be strategic when you plan your content. Press releases. eBooks.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

You Paid for More Traffic to Your Website – Now What?

B2B Marketing Traction

If you’re a business owner, chances are you’ve spent a lot on online marketing. You invested in a great corporate website. Then you paid for search engine optimization (SEO) and perhaps Pay-Per-Click Advertising (PPC). You got traffic, but did you get results? What you need are the 3 C’s – Content, Connections, and Conversions. Content. How do you get them to do something?

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

It's All About Revenue

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. Here are five ways social media marketing can be used to drive revenue. 1. Extending Your Reach. Social media has once again changed that model.

When social media destroys a career — The business case for being a fake

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A guest post by {grow} community member Leslie Lewis. Leslie Lewis is not my real name. You don’t need to know my real name, and you may never know it.  Here’s why. I’ve worked in social media since 2005, and I knew I needed a tightly controlled message and presence online.   You could Google my real name and find my blog, or find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, or Facebook.

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Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real.

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I hesitate to be drawn into the Klout firing line again but I have had so many requests from the {grow} community to comment on the Klout Meltdown this week that I guess I need to respond. At the risk of adding to Klout weariness, here are a few observations. My Klout score dropped from 82 to 64. Who cares?  My wife and kids still love me. Funny. They’re the same level now. agree with him.

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

12 Internet Trends You Need To Know From Mary Meeker

B2B Marketing Insider

Every year I look forward to the amazing insights provided by Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit. Mary moved from Morgan Stanley to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. If you don’t know Kleiner Perkins, they’ve invested in some companies you may have heard of…like Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, LegalZoom and Groupon. Globalization Continues. While U.S. Mobilization. Sound.

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? 2. Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How. Thou shalt not require scrolling. Thou shalt sell the offer, not the product. Thou shalt use benefits, not features. What did I miss? ”

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Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” – ” – General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century. Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. The answer: You don’t.

10 Marketing Nightmares

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Forget Hollywood horror films and haunted houses. Those working in B2B marketing have their own special blend of anxieties and fears. Things like typos in big campaigns, mis-fired tweets and screwed up presentations are enough to scare even the most competent marketer. Today, we spotlight 10 marketing nightmares – and explain how you can avoid them. 1.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

A glimpse of the next generation of social media entrepreneurs

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columinst. One of my children attends a private school that is offering a new class called “The Evolution of Society.’  ’  I recently had the opportunity to sit in on this class and if the kids in this course are any indication, watch out!  The next generation of entrepreneurs is going to rock the world! To kids, free is just part of life.

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Why SEO Is The Key To Successful Marketing

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Everyone uses a search engine! And yet, not everyone in marketing understands the difference between SEO, PPC, metatags and keywords. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. PPC stands for Pay-Per-Click. In know it can be confusing but… To be a successful marketer today, you need to understand how to show up in the search results of your buyers’ search engine activity.

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The business case for Facebook, in one sentence

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What is the most-debated question in social media today?  One candidate is,  “Should my company have a Facebook page?” ” The tension comes from several angles. It could be due to: The company is not culturally-ready to deal with comments from real people. The company has whacked-out expectations about how sales will increase once they have a Facebook page. ” Think about it. 

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What is Web Presence Optimization, and Why Should I Care?

Webbiquity

Web presence optimization (WPO) is the art and science of being found online. As indicated in the masthead of my blog, it has both an explanational definition (The fusion of SEO, search marketing, social media, reputation management, content marketing and social PR) and a reasonal one (Being omnipresent on the web for the search phrase that uniquely describes you or your organization.) It’s the evolution of search engine optimization (SEO), or alternatively,  SEO on steroids. And getting found is the necessary first step to winning that business.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

7 Ideas for Advanced Social Media Education

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For the past three years I have been teaching college or graduate level classes in social media marketing. Executives are clamoring for the next level of education in this area and so I’ve been wondering … what would an Advanced Social Media Class look like? What new skills and ideas would go into the next level of social media education? How do you organize to optimize?

3 Steps to Making Change Happen

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this People don’t change, right? This fundamental assumption is often what stops potentially great marketers from seeing success. How could we ever convince anyone to change their entrenched habits? Here are the things we know about change: it’s hard, people hate it and they resist it. But, Heath said, our conventional wisdom about change might be off. Step One.

Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Thinking in those terms, Beanstalk Data is a tasty morsel. It provides all the basic B2B marketing automation functions: mass email, landing pages and surveys, behavior tracking, lead scoring, nurture campaigns, and CRM integration. Anyway, back to BeanStalk.

5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service. One area that few people have written about is how to use social media for solution marketing. So there you have it.

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Are there any ethical bloggers left out there?

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With your kind support, {grow} has become a fairly popular blog. With this distinction, I’m deluged with requests to do sponsored posts (companies offering to pay for their promotional content to show up as a blog post). There must be a critical mass of influential bloggers out there accepting money for blog posts, otherwise these people would go away! Are you interested? Susan. Hi Mark!

Survey: 71% of CMOs Feel Unprepared For Today’s Market

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As CMOs go full-force into planning mode for their 2012 marketing strategy , a recent report suggests that they are ill-prepared for the changes taking place in the larger business world. This is according to the Global Chief Marketing Officer survey from  IBM. The key takeaway: Change is coming to marketing  and most marketing executives feel unprepared. 2011). Major Challenges. 2011). Strategy

Do You Know The New 4 Ps of Marketing?

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Marketing has changed drastically since I started almost 18 years ago. And if you speak to senior marketers and advertising agency heads they will generally agree that finding and keeping talented marketers is one of their toughest challenges. The recent grads coming into the marketing field today don’t remember a world without the internet. They are social savvy digital natives. Strategy

How do you make your content go viral — offline?

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You’re probably stressed. It’s likely that you (and your customer contacts) are doing the job that used to be done by three people. The information density of our wold is overwhelming. Budgets and resources have been cut. It seems that everything is working against our ability to connect with customers and share information that could influence a purchasing decision and close a deal!

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. According to the study results, Marketing Automation technology paired with appropriate, systemic processes can yield four to five times the number of closed deals when compared to deployed technology alone. The magic lies in realizing higher conversion rates throughout the Sales cycle. No MAP / No Processes. Lessons Learned.

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Please. Stop making your company blog suck.

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Mark Schaefer on Blogging. Let’s face it.  Company blogs suck.  They just do, at least most of the time. But they don’t have to and I’m on a mission to bring the world my message of blog anti-suckology.  I’ve been giving a lot of presentations lately and this has been one of my most popular! Highlights include: A few stats on blogs. New directions in corporate blogging.

Have The Right Content. Help Your Buyers. Get More Customers.

B2B Marketing Insider

I have been struggling with this dilemma for months. When you talk to most marketers and even the majority of business people, they get that the web , social media , mobile  devices and the  content  we place on these channels are all important factors in driving real business results. But then the questions arise: How? What is Content Marketing and this thing called a  Content Strategy ? Creation.

Is Blogging Right for my Business? The Benefits of a Business Blog

NuSpark

The strategy of blogging, especially from a b2b perspective, can be somewhat misunderstood. What are your goals? Thought leadership, SEO, lead generation? How do I get people to read it? How to I build subscribers? Are my audiences really interested in my thoughts?  So I thought I’d raise the question on the benefits of blogging to the NuSpark Marketing content alliance team, and get their reaction to the following question. “I’m not convinced a blog is right for my business, plus I’m concerned over time and resources.  Below are the responses.  . From Apryl Parcher. From Maureen Monfore.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

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B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective. Marketing’s role is growing through the addition of what I call ‘sales enablement’ activities. With social media, buyers can reach out to colleagues, experts, peers, etc.

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